Job openings for 2 Assistant Professorships Social and Organizational Psychology VU University Amsterdam; deadline 13 February 2015

Two Assistant Professors in Social and/or Organizational Psychology

(Twee Universitaire Docenten in Sociale en/of Organisatie Psychologie m/v)

Two positions for 1.0 fte, 3 years fixed term

Vacancy number 15004

The VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It compromises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 20,000 students.

The Department of Social and Organizational Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Education investigates major themes such as trust, leadership, cooperation, evolutionary social psychology, organizational behavior, personality, culture, emotions, social neuroscience, group and intergroup dynamics, justice, and close relationships, using innovating theoretical approaches and methodologies.

The Department provides a vibrant, international research climate with high quality academic staff and students who are supported by excellent research facilities (e.g., multiple labs for experimental research, equipment for cognitive and social neuroscience measures, contacts with industry and government), and expertise in statistics and methodology. The Department has an excellent international reputation in psychological science as indicated by excellent research assessments, high quality publications, high standards for teaching and mentoring, and frequent visits by international scientists.

The Department of Social and Organizational Psychology has a strong commitment to theory development, innovative research, and application to social processes in dyads, groups, teams, and organizations. Research and teaching have a strong international and interdisciplinary focus covering central themes in social and organizational psychology and closely related fields (such as evolutionary, cultural, and personality psychology), supported by expert teachers from the Netherlands and abroad. The Department participates in various research institutes and graduate schools (Kurt Lewin Institute, William James Graduate School) and offers specialist 1 and 2 year Masters courses.

Job description

The two positions are embedded within the Department’s main research program TLC (trust, leadership and cooperation).

The candidates are expected to develop a strong, innovating programme of research. Wealso expect that in developing this programme of research, the candidates (a) acquire external grant funding to support their research, (b) conduct excellent teaching, (c) show departmental citizenship and (d) engage in valorization activities. The candidates will contribute to major parts of the Departmental teaching programs, and supervise Bachelor’s, Masters and, where possible, PhD students.


  • Completed PhD-thesis on a topic relevant to social or organizational psychology (or a closely related field, such as social neuroscience);
  • Articles in peer-reviewed international journals;
  • Expertise with research on TLC related themes;
  • Teaching experience (as evidenced by excellent teaching evaluations);
  • Flexibility in teaching a range of social and/or organizational courses in the Bachelor and Master’s programs;
  • Proven expertise in acquisition of external research funding.

Further details

The appointments will be full-time (1.0 fte) for an initial period of 3 years, starting (at the latest) from September 1st 2015, with the possibility of continuation, pending satisfactory job performance and grant acquisition, according to Faculty-level criteria. The Faculty offers tenure tracks for talented researchers.


The maximum salary is € 4.551,- per month (gross income, salary scale 11) based on fulltime employment. Visit our website for a review of the working conditions at the VU.

Information and application procedure

General information about the VU and the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology can be found on the website: or Candidates who are interested in applying for this position are requested to send an application letter and a detailed Curriculum Vitae to the Head of Department, Prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange via e-mail: Application deadline: February 13th 2015.

For questions (by mail or phone) please contact, Prof. dr. Paul van Lange, +31-20-5988852 or Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt, +31-20-5985323 The job interviews — which includes a presentation — are expected to take place in March 2015.